EPT12 Malta: Farrell fastest out the blocks in the Main Event

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Farrell has made a fast start

The opening flight of the EPT12 Malta Main Event follows a similar pattern to the others: eight 75 minute levels, 20 minute breaks after levels two and four, and a 75 minute dinner break at the end of level six. Late registration is open until play starts on Day 2. But right now, after four levels of play, 174 players have entered so far, and 154 still have chips.

At the halfway point of Day 1A let's see who's stacking chips high and who's gone for a cry (or hopped into a side event).

Mid-day update

One of the jibes aimed at poker is that in this day and age it lacks characters, with live events overrun by the online generation who put up the duel conversation killers of hoodie and headphones. One player who can't be tarred with that brush is Scotland's Niall 'Firaldo' Farrell. Chatty, smiley and not afraid to poke fun at himself, Farrell has relocated to Canada and just knocked out a 'Canuck' in the biggest pot he's played so far.

His victim was Jonathan Roy, who turned a set of fives on a [8][3][2][5] board only to run into Farrell's A♥4♥. That boosted Farrell to 54,000 and since then he's steadily built to 70,000.

He's not the only notable player to have enjoyed a decent start to the day, below are the counts of some of the names in the field.

Selected chip counts

NameCountryStatusChips
Ivan LucaArgentinaPokerStars qualifier50,000
Senh UngUK 45,000
Fabrice SoulierFrance 42,000
Andrew ChenCanadaPokerStars qualifier40,000
David YanNew ZealandPokerStars qualifier40,000
Justin BonomoUSAPokerStars qualifier40,000
Marvin RettenmaierGermanyPokerStars player40,000
Daniel DvoressCanadaPokerStars qualifier38,000
David BenefieldUSAPokerStars player37,000
Mohsin CharaniaUSAPokerStars qualifier36,000
Shaun DeebUSAPokerStars qualifier35,000
Steve O'DwyerIrelandPokerStars player35,000
John JuandaIndonesiaPokerStars player33,000
Connor DrinanUSAPokerStars qualifier29,000
Isaac HaxtonUSATeam PokerStars Pro Online27,000
Jennifer ShahadeUSAPokeStars Mind Sports Ambassador27,000
Patrik AntoniusFinland 27,000
Vladimir TroyanovskiyRussiaPokerStars player26,500
Charlie CarrelUK 26,000
Martin FingerGermanyPokerStars qualifier26,000
Jeffrey RossiterAustraliaPokerStars qualifier25,000
Ole SchemionGermant 25,000
Oleksii KhorosheninUkrainePokerStars player24,000
Ben HeathUKPokerStars qualifier22,500
Jake CodyUKTeam PokerStars Pro19,000
Ihar SoikaBelarusPokerStars qualifier17,000
Jason MercierUSATeam PokerStars Pro14,500
Chistoph VogelsangGermany 11,500
Maria HoUSAPokerStars qualifier9,375
Paul NeweyUK 9,000
Sergio AidoSpain 9,000

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Soulier and Haxton were drawn to the same table

Notable eliminations

Poker is a zero sum game which means whilst plenty of notables remain in, others have already headed for the exit door. Mateusz Moolhuizen was the victim of a set over set battle with pocket nines against Rob Schiffbauer's pocket kings. It all went in on a K♠Q♠9♠ flop and the Dutchman became one of the early casualties on Day 1A.

He's in good company as Scott Montgomery, Stephen Chidwick, Craig Varnell, Anatoly Filatov and Mikita Badziakouski are also out.

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Badziakouski has been bounced from this touranment

Key coverage links

Everything about EPT Malta is on the main EPT Malta page. More specifically, all the hand-by-hand coverage of the €25,000 High Roller is on the €25,000 High Roller page and everything from the IPT Main Event is on the IPT Main Event page.


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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour